The 2022 National Sports Festival delivered an opening ceremony of sparks, beauty, colours and thrills which was felt across board to raise the curtains on the game in Asaba.
Spectators were thrilled with dance, music, calisthenics display and fireworks in what represented one of the best organized opening ceremonies in the history of the games.
Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare alongside four state governors graced the event at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba, Delta state. Executive Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, Executive Governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal were all in attendance to witness the spectacle. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alh. Ismaila Abubakar, as well as the House Committee on Sports chairman, Olumide Osoba were all in attendance, alongside well meaning Nigerians.
The ceremony ushered in contingents from all states, as athletes and officials matched in their colourful attires and costumes in beauty and finesse.
Afro music sensation and bounce crooner, Ruger treated the crowd with his melodies, sending the arena into frenzy.
The doggedness of the Local Organizing Committee and the Main Organizing Committee was palpable with the level of organization during the ceremony.
In what represents a beautiful curtain raiser to the games, athletes, officials and fans pictured in excitement will be looking forward to excellent sporting displays over the duration of the festival.